Do I Need a Lawyer After an Accident?
Absolutely yes, period.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, no buts or ifs, you need a lawyer, an experienced personal injury lawyer.
You need to understand the fundamental concept here. Insurance companies are in the business of making money. The purpose of the insurance business is to maximize its profits – to make tons of money. Insurance companies are not in the charitable or benevolence business – notwithstanding its gratuitous marketing and television commercials. So, insurance companies by the very definition aim to disclaim, deny or mitigate (or pooh-pooh) claims. That is, insurance companies minimize what they ought to pay to settle claims or lawsuits.
Without a lawyer you can be assured that your claim will not be adjusted or compensated fairly – and there’s no way of you, the accident victim, to know. The insurance company will not even remotely compensate you the full value of your case – without an experienced personal injury attorney.
A lawyer, by fiduciary duty, serves the best interests of his client – you. An experienced personal injury attorney fights to obtain for you the full compensatory value your case is worth.
The best advice is to consult with a personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident, and for a variety of other very important reasons (investigative and evidentiary, no-fault and claim deadlines, legal notice provisions, etc.).
Remember, a lawyer is your advocate.